War and Peace
[The LORD] will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Isaiah 2:4
It’s difficult to imagine a world without war and turmoil, whether between nations or within a nation. All wars can be traced to the conflict between good and evil, to forces we can see only in what they cause to happen. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
From the first book to the last, the Bible says we’ll have this conflict. Genesis 3:15 describes the enmity between the Serpent (the Devil with his helpers described in Ephesians 6:12) and the Seed of the Woman (Jesus Christ and His followers). Revelation 17:14 says, “They [satanic forces] will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings—and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”
In the end, the kings of the earth will “rise up and the rulers band together against the LORD and against His anointed (Psalm 2:2). God laughs at such pride and ignorance. This war will be the last, and the shortest, war ever. Christ “will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth; with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4).
The prophet Isaiah also describes what the world will be like when Christ returns to reign:
The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest (Isaiah 11:6-8).
Not only will people be at peace, but also all creation will be at peace—from the remotest jungle to your backyard garden. No war. No death. No weeds. Better yet, this peace will last forever.
Have you placed your hope in God’s promise of peace to come?
Read Psalm 2:1-12. What does God say about how we should relate to His Son rather than the way those opposed to Him do?
Read Psalm 46. Note the references to the nations and war. What will God do? How does He protect us? What two verses in this psalm are often used to comfort a troubled soul?
Read Ephesians 6:14-15. How can the gospel of peace be our shoes — part of the armor of God which enables us to stand against the enemy?
Read about the Final War in Revelation 19:11-21. Do you recognize phrases and images from the other Scriptures in this devotion, including the questions?
Nancy J. Baker